At this point, with the playoffs seemingly out of their reach, it’s safe to say that the 2019 Dallas Cowboys(7-8) will go down as a huge disappointment, and what happened on Sunday may have epitomized what this team has been about in 2019.
With an opportunity to win the division, the Cowboys went into Philadelphia(8-7) and were beaten by the Eagles 17-9. Dallas started slow and was down 10-0 in the first quarter, but after two Kai Forbath field goals, Dallas was able to cut Philly’s lead to 10-6 at the break. After a Miles Sanders one-yard touchdown run, the Eagles would go up 17-6 late in the third quarter. Following another Forbath field goal that cut the lead to 17-9, Dallas had an opportunity late in the game to tie the score, but Dak Prescott’s pass intended for WR Michael Gallup was knocked away by Sidney Jones.
“Yeah, I mean, man-to-man [coverage]. [I] had one of our best receivers, Michael Gallup, one-on-one and took that shot at it,” Prescott(25-44, 265 yards) said on the 4th down pass to Gallup. “I had an opportunity; I just didn’t make the play. [We] got to do a better job on both our ends right there to make that play happen.”
The Cowboys, who have the NFL’s top-ranked offense, were held without a touchdown, and with all that talent on the offensive side of the ball, not scoring a touchdown and not executing in a game of this magnitude, is disappointing to Prescott.
“We didn’t get it done,” Prescott said. “We’re too talented of a team and individuals to not make the plays, starting with myself. It’s disappointing; it’s frustrating. We all take responsibility, and like I said, it begins with me. We’re too talented, and we didn’t execute the way that we’re capable of doing, and [the Eagles] did.”
Now, if they want to win the NFC East, Dallas needs some help. They have to beat the Redskins and hope that the Giants, who host the Eagles next Sunday, can win.
“At that point, we’re rooting for another team hoping that we get a chance,” Prescott said. “That’s not a position anyone wants to be in when they have to depend on someone else, but we put ourselves in this position, and it’s disappointing and frustrating.”
What happened today was disappointing and frustrating for the Cowboys, but sadly for the team, this has been par for the course in 2019.